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Lentils for Great Winter Eating!

Lentils are part of the cuisine of the landlocked region of Umbria and the most famous are the creamy lentils of Castelluccio, grown on the plains near the Sibillini mountains. This tender pulse retains its shape in cooking and requires no presoaking. Lentils lend a nutty…

Don’t Take Pomegranates for Granted

Pomegranates will not last long; as soon as the holidays are over, they seem to disappear. Stock up and use a juicer to juice them, then freeze the juice for future use. You can also freeze the seeds and use them to make sauces for fish, pork and desserts. High in antioxi…

Under the Italian Sun 2015 Tour

The Veneto with Mary Ann Esposito21 September - 02 October 2015If you think you know Italy, think again! It's not just a country filled with Italians, it's a land filled with people living in regions so distinct, so unique, that it takes a great chef to unearth just the r…

Banana Peppers Stuffed with Farro

Make something lighter and healthier to get off to good start on your New Year's resolution to lose weight. Most of us last a week trying to make good on the promise(s) we make to ourselves as another year rolls around. What is it about sticking to to a pro…

Holiday Pears in Red Wine Sauce

It is so true that we will indulge just a bit this holiday season between the parties and events to celebrate Christmas, New Years, Kwanza, Hannukah and Chinese New Year. Our senses will be assaulted with all kinds of temptations and I am as guilty as the rest. That is wh…

Bring Back The Cheese Ball

Remember the holiday nut encrusted cheese ball sitting majestically on a throne of Bibb lettuce and surrounded by crackers? It’s back and looking ever so hip with new flavor nuances. I like to ratch up the flavor with dried fruits like figs and apricots but cranberr…

Five Ways To Use Acorn Squash

I am partial to Italian squashes that I grow in my garden like the ones shown here but Acorn is a favorite too and I have come to challenge myself as to how to cook it so it is not always the same ho hum dish. So here are five favorite ways to use it: 1)   …

Biscotti Bonanza

Biscotti are the perfect gift for Santa Claus and your holiday table and the best part is that from one basic dough, an array of different biscotti can be made ahead of time without much effort. From one dough you can make almond biscotti, mixed dried fruit biscotti, whit…

Kale Minestrone

The world seems to be in love with all thinks kale and I am guilty as well. This week I harvested the remaining kale in the garden. In coming blogs I will share what I did with them. The soup below is a kale minestrone soup that just kept growing as I added things from th…

Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am in the kitchen many days before making preparations so the celebration dinner runs as smoothly as possible. Not everyone is a fan of dark meat so on our table, this year, the traditional turkey has given way to a butterflied and s…